Diemersdal Estate Releases Sauvignon Blanc from Other Side of the World

Sauvignon Blanc specialist Diemersdal Wine Estate in Durbanville has added a newcomer to its range of wines, this one originating from the famed Marlborough wine region on New Zealand’s South Island. The Diemersdal Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 was made in Marlborough situated some 11 000kms from Diemersdal’s winery, and it is being offered as a wine representing owner-winemaker Thys Louw’s vision of harnessing a diverse range of exceptional Sauvignon Blanc styles under the Diemersdal label.


French Flair Brings Pink Valley’s Exceptional Rosé Wine to Stellenbosch Helderberg Region

Top image: Schalk-Willem Joubert, 2nd from right, winemaker and MD of Pink Valley, with owners Pascal Oddo, left, Lorraine Oddo and Bertrand Otto.


Wim Truter Joins Meerlust as Head Winemaker

Top image: Wim Truter

Wim Truter is to join Meerlust Estate as Head Winemaker/Manager. He becomes the third winemaker on this renowned Stellenbosch estate which dates to 1693 and has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1756.


Diemersdal’s Frozen Sauvignon Blanc on a Roll with FNB Top 10 and Veritas Double Gold

Top image: Diemersdal owner-winemaker Thys Louw (middle) with Christo Pienaar (left) from the SA National Wine Show and Juandré Bruwer, Diemersdal winemaker.


Kanonkop Wins IWSC Warren Winiarski Trophy with Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon

Kanonkop Wine Estate in Simonsberg, Stellenbosch has won the coveted Warren Winiarski Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London. The winning wine, Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, not only affirms this property as an international leader in the making of classic red wines, but also as a New World property whose wines have the ability to grow in stature as they tick-off years in the bottle.


Groot Constantia and Boplaas Glitter at Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards

Top image: Danie Nel from Boplaas Estate, named the best producer.

South Africa’s oldest wine estate, Groot Constantia, and the renowned Boplaas Estate in the Klein Karoo walked off with the laurels in the wine section of this year’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, the largest drinks competition on the African continent. 


Chris Williams Leaves Meerlust Estate to Follow Own Interests

Chris Williams, winemaker at Meerlust Estate in Stellenbosch since 2004, has resigned to pursue his own interests. He will be leaving Meerlust at the end of December.


Thelema Receives Double Legend Status in Tim Atkin South Africa Report

Top image: Thelema’s founder and cellarmaster Gyles Webb

Two legends from the Thelema wine estate were included in this year’s highly anticipated South African Report by British Master of Wine Tim Atkin – one in a bottle, and the other of the legendary wine personality kind.


Michelangelo Kiwi judge gets a taste of South African Sauvignon Blanc

Top image: Ben Glover

South African Sauvignon Blanc definitely has the potential to be a contender on the world stage. According to Ben Glover, New Zealand wine judge and winemaker who is a judge at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, says that the refinement and sophistication of the Sauvignon Blancs on the judges’ line-up showed an intriguing diversity.


The Long Road to Getting a Better Deal for South African Wine Producers through Better Prices

Top image: Harry Melck from the Institute of Cape Wine Masters

Some 360 years after wine was first made at the Cape, the low prices commanded by South African producers is finding the industry questioning its own economic sustainability. In order to survive, the industry has to unlock value by raising wine prices. Harry Melck from the Institute of Cape Wine Masters and a Chartered Accountant, writes that the matter of raising prices is easier said than done.